Utah Not Immune from Bear Attack Lawsuit
The Utah Supreme Court recently ruled that the state of Utah is not immune from a lawsuit brought by the family of Sam Ives. In 2007, Sam was camping with his family in American Fork Canyon when he was attacked and killed by a black bear. The Salt Lake Tribune has a write up about the Utah Supreme Court ruling.
Sam was camping with his mother, stepfather and half-brother in a campground above the Timpanooke Recreation Area on June 17, 2007, when a bear sliced through his tent, pulled him out and mauled him to death. Earlier that day, the bear had attacked another group of campers, and authorities were unsuccessful in finding the bear.
The family argues that the Forest Service and the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources had a duty to warn the family that there was a dangerous bear in the area and that it had attacked the site at which they camped. They also argue the campground should have been closed until the bear was killed.